Earn Qantas Points on rental car hire

A summary of how to earn Qantas Points with Avis and Budget in Australia and overseas.

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Rental car bookings with Avis and Budget in Australia and overseas are eligible for earning Qantas Points. Here’s a quick summary of what you’ll earn.

 

 Earn Qantas Points with Avis or Budget car rental
Earn Qantas Points with Avis or Budget car rental

 

In Australia, customers taking out an Avis or Budget rental will receive 4 Qantas Points per dollar spent. This offer excludes corporate rates. Simply enter your frequent flyer number during booking to secure the points.

Outside of Australia, eligible rentals will yield a fixed 700 Qantas Points per rental. 

As always, check the car rental competition to see if you’re getting a good deal. It’s always worth making sure you’re not spending too much to acquire the points.

If you’d prefer Velocity Points, checkout our summary of earning Velocity Points on rental car hire. The earn rate between both programs is very similar with Velocity’s status bonus being the main differentiator. 

Qantas launches its own credit card

Today Qantas launched its own credit card offering 1 Qantas Point per dollar on domestic spend, two lounge invitations per year and travel insurance.

As rumoured Qantas launched its own credit card today – the Qantas Premier Mastercard. At first glance the card appears to offer fairly reasonable valve and is similar to the existing HSBC Qantas Platinum Visa Credit Card with 1 Qantas Point per dollar spent on domestic purchases, two lounge invitations per year and travel insurance.

 

 Qantas Premier Mastercard
Qantas Premier Mastercard

 

International spend will yield 1.5 Qantas Points per dollar but unfortunately customers will be slapped with a 3% transaction fee. The full earning table is presented below and is fairly competitive for a Mastercard.

After $10k per statement period, the earn rate will drop to 0.5 Qantas Points per dollar, making this card attractive for all but the most heavy spenders.

A unique benefit of Qantas’ card is up to 20 percent discount on selected domestic companion fares once a year when booking with the Qantas Premier credit card through the Qantas Premier Concierge. In addition, spend on Qantas products and services will generate 2 Qantas Points per dollar but credit card fees will still apply.

The card will cost $299 a year with a reduced annual fee of $149 for the first year.

250 free Qantas Points via Qantas app

Qantas is offering 250 free Qantas Points for customers who install the Qantas app and scroll through the news feed before 4 June 2017.

Qantas is offering 250 free Qantas Points for customers who open the Qantas app and scroll through their personalised news feed before 4 June 2017.

The Qantas app is really well designed and the new feed feature is also useful for receiving news and offers from Qantas and Qantas Frequent Flyer partners.

To get the bonus points, just keep scrolling through the ‘feed’ feature until you see the bonus points banner and tap on it.

Search for ‘Qantas’ on the App Store to download the app.

Qantas Economy award seats 25% off until 29 May 2017

Qantas is offering a 25% discount on eligible Economy Classic Flight Rewards.

Qantas is offering a 25% discount on the points required for eligible Economy Classic Flight Rewards for bookings made before 29 May 2017. 

The promotion is valid for travel between 18 July 2017 to 6 May 2018.

I usually find Economy flight redemptions to offer poor value however on certain routes (such as regional) it can make sense. An extra 25% off could certainly tip the scales.

Chrome AwardFinder app and Qantas Two Factor Authentication

Unfortunately the AwardFinder app has stopped working for many people now that Qantas is requiring two-factor authentication but there’s an easy fix.

One of the best apps for searching Qantas award space is the excellent Chrome AwardFinder app. Unfortunately the application has stopped working for many people now that Qantas is requiring two-factor authentication for users logging in. This consists of Qantas sending an SMS with a six digit code that must be entered into your account after logging in before access is granted.

Luckily there’s an easy solution to resolve this in the AwardFinder app. The method consists of enabling ‘Debug mode’ and manually entering the six digit authentication code when the screen pops up.

‘Debug mode’ can be found by heading to the Settings section by clicking the gear on the top right corner of the main screen.

 AwardFinder settings page
AwardFinder settings page

Once ‘Debug mode’ has been turned on, start by conducting your search as normal. Once you receive the SMS from Qantas, enter the code into the screen at the bottom.

 Qantas Two Factor Authentication
Qantas Two Factor Authentication

Once the code has been accepted, simply restart your search from the top. The app should then continue to work as per normal by populating flight options. Whilst it’s doing so you’ll continue to see the searches being carried out – a peak behind the magic (this is because ‘Debug mode’ is on).

 Search working after logging in with Qantas Two Factor Authentication
Search working after logging in with Qantas Two Factor Authentication

You’ll need to enter your two-factor authentication each time you’ve been idle for more than 25 minutes. Enjoy!

Earn Qantas Points with Snap Fitness

A summary of earning Qantas Frequent Flyer points with Snap Fitness.

If you’re on the lookout for a gym to join, you might consider Snap Fitness for the added benefit of pocketing Qantas Frequent Flyer Points while you workout.

Snap Fitness offers two ways to earn frequent flyer points depending on the type of membership you purchase: prepaid or month to month.

Prepaid memberships

Twelve month prepaid memberships generate 3,500 Qantas Points on sign up and then an ongoing 100 Qantas Points for the 12 months of the membership.

Month to month memberships

Month to month memberships generate 1,000 Qantas Points on sign up and then an ongoing 100 Qantas Points each month the membership is active. 

You can earn additional points with Qantas Assure by making gym check-ins although this requires a valid Qantas Assure health insurance policy.

Quadruple Qantas Points with Hilton

Hilton are offering quadruple ‘Double Dip’ points with Qantas for stays between 9 April 2017 and 31 July 2017.

Hilton are offering quadruple ‘Double Dip’ points with Qantas Frequent Flyer for stays between 9 April 2017 and 31 July 2017.

This offer appears from time to time and offers fairly good value. I booked a stay in 2016 using this offer and received over 900 Qantas Points (and Hilton Honors points) for a single night stay.

To receive the quadruple Qantas Points, simply register for the offer and ensure your Earning Style in your Hilton Honors profile is set to Points & Miles.

The usual earn rate for Points & Miles is 1 Qantas Point per USD spent. This offer will generate 4 Qantas Points per USD spent, a fairly decent benefit.

I used to be a big fan of the Hilton program and am currently still using my complimentary Hilton Honors Diamond account from Velocity Frequent Flyer, however I’ve been turned off the program in recent times due to the limited number of hotels in Australia (including the upcoming closure of Hilton Melbourne South Wharf) and lack of any expansion plans.